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Review: She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

Excuse me, but She Drives Me Crazy is a sapphic nemesis to lovers (maybe?) meets fake dating?! She Drives Me Crazy is a whole bundle of some of my favorite tropes all rolled into one combined with SPORTS! I breezed through She Drives Me Crazy. Keep reading this book review to find out my full thoughts!


After losing spectacularly to her ex-girlfriend in their first game since their break up, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, the incredibly beautiful and incredibly mean Irene Abraham. Things only get worse when their nosey, do-gooder moms get involved and the girls are forced to carpool together until Irene’s car gets out of the shop.

Their bumpy start the only gets bumpier the more time they spend together. But when an opportunity presents itself for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex (and climb her school’s social ladder at the same time), she bribes Irene into playing along. Hijinks, heartbreak, and gay fake-dating scheme for the ages. From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh-out-loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: ableist comment, toxic relationship, homophobia

She Drives Me Crazy was a fabulous sports romance that tackled so many of my favorite topics. It addresses the ways cheerleaders aren’t seen as ‘real athletes’, past toxic relationships, and needing to sit with our own mistakes. It’s a story about figuring out people aren’t what we thought. That there are layers, similarities, common ground in the people around us. Nemesis stories rejuvenate my heart and the amount of tropes in She Drives Me Crazy that I loved have given me years back on my life.

I thoroughly enjoyed She Drives Me Crazy. It’s a story that acknowledges the need for introspection and healing. For not seeing love as the answer or a relationship as a way to fix ourselves. Celebrating love for grand gestures, for having uncomfortable conversations, and for yearning and banter, She Drives Me Crazy is a fabulous contemporary. It delivers moments of hilarity, of heart, and important issues all wrapped up in one. Sometimes we can think we are ready, only to find out that we were wrong. We can see things as being clear cut, only to realize our own mistakes.

The family scenes melted my heart. Talk about a lovely family which has our back, apologizes, and supports! She Drives Me Crazy challenges our ideas about proving ourselves while encouraging honesty and forgiveness. Find She Drives Me Crazy on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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